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UN concerned over BNP's city polls withdrawal
Saturday, 2 May, 2015 03:42pm  
UN concerned over BNP's city polls withdrawal

Desk (Bangladeshtime): UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has expressed concern over BNP's withdrawal from the polls to Dhaka and Chittagong City Corporations in the middle of the voting day.

The UN chief expressed concern during a telephonic conversation with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday afternoon, reports BSS.

PM's Press Secretary AKM Shameem Chowdhury briefed reporters after 14-minute conversation between Hasina and Ban Ki-moon.

Talking about the recently held city polls, the UN secretary general said BNP's participation in the polls was relieving.

“He [Ban Ki-moon] has expressed concern over BNP's withdrawal from the election in the middle of the voting day,” said Shameem.

Ban Ki-moon strongly criticised violence and subversive acts and said there is no place of such activities in democracy, the press secretary said.

He also appreciated Bangladesh's tremendous success in socioeconomic development and achieving MDGs as well as Bangladesh's role in UN peace keeping missions.

During the conversation, the UN secretary general highly praised the government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for its continued and tireless efforts in consolidating democracy.

About the recent city corporation polls held in Dhaka and Chittagong, Sheikh Hasina said informed the UN chief that the common voters participated spontaneously in the polls and law enforces played a very strong role in holding the election in a peaceful manner.

"There was not a single causality in the polls which was rare in the history of Bangladesh in the past," said the PM.

Referring to BNP's skipping the polls at a stage on the election day, Sheikh Hasina said their aim was to make the polls questionable.

She said the people of Bangladesh hope to see BNP return to the path of democracy avoiding violent and destructive acts.

The prime minister said the countrymen never like killings, burning the people to death through petrol bomb attacks and destroying public and private property.

"That's why, BNP boycotted the city corporation polls just three hours after voting had begun as its leadership realised that the sentiments of the voters were not in their favour," she said.

The UN secretary general informed the prime minister that he gave responsibility to UN Assistant Secretary General Oscar Farnadez Taranko for holding talks on the overall situation.

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